Hasn\’t England changed, eh?

It\’s been two years since the annual Gloucester cheese rolling competition was banned on health and safety grounds. But yesterday hundreds took to Cooper\’s Hill, at Brockworth for a rogue event.

Rogues…criminals….violators of the law…..for chasing a cheese downhill as their forefathers have done for centuries.

Hang the bureaucrats.

14 thoughts on “Hasn\’t England changed, eh?”

  1. And it is only going to get worse.

    I denounce myself as spiritually guilty of doing the same. I demand the right to go to prison for my thought crime.

    Have these people really nothing better to do?

    Were any legal cheeserollers obliged to take part in the days when?

    Rugby should be changed to touch rugby and tennis is clearly out. A ball a 150 mph could knock your eye out,

  2. Two points:

    1) tedious unnecessary puritanical bans on things are just as much a part of English history as are cheese-rolling, public drunkenness and angry rioting mobs. However, in this case it wasn’t even that, since:

    2) the event was cancelled due to the cost of public liability insurance, not council or H&SE objections. So the cancellation is based on nowt but traditional English tort law, rather than government clipboardists.

  3. Which, to digress further, is true for most things that get banned due to “health and safety” – it’s actually because the Brits have increasingly become pathetic Americanised whingers who sue anyone for anything. This was always legally possible, of course, but once frowned upon by decent folk.

  4. What john b said – lets hang the no win, no fee lawyers.

    One of the few things that St Maggie didn’t get right.

  5. I’ve taken part in it, and a highly robust colleague from military days won one of the races one year, and nroke his wrist in doing so. Great fun. Not dissimilar, adrenaline wise, to Pamplona.
    The reasons for the original cancellation are many and various, but can broadly be laid at the door of busybodies and yes, lawyers.
    The hill can supposedly only accommodate x,000 people ‘safely’, and x+y,000 were attending; thus it had to be stopped.
    Rather than the obviously better caveat emptor solution.

  6. “One of the few things that St Maggie didn’t get right”

    No-win-no-fee was introduced under Major – 1995 if memory serves.

  7. It’s wiki but ….

    In English law, conditional fees had caused much controversy in the 19th century, especially in the Swynfen will case, as they were held to offend ancient prohibitions against champerty and maintenance. However, they were introduced by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (section 58),[5] but the relevant statutory instruments were not made until 1995. Initially, the success fee was not recoverable from the losing party, but on 1 April 2000, section 27 of the Access to Justice Act 1999[6] amended the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 to allow recovery of success fees from the losing party.

  8. Tim,

    One of the ways the Nazis tried to smash the Catholic Church in Germany was by banning processions on the grounds of Health & Safety.

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